Some Pokémon are special, while others are not so much. Depending on that, their catch rate changes. For instance, Legendary Pokémon have a catch rate of 3 – the lower the value, the harder the Pokémon to catch is.
The Beldum line happens to be a Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon, and so it has a low catch rate. But this line's catch rate is even lower than its Pseudo Legendary peers. That's because they are made to be/feel rarer than others.
Pseudo-legendaries like Dragonite and Tyranitas have a catch rate of 45 (11.9%). Meanwhile, the Beldum line has 3, which is the lowest catch rate in the game. Continue reading to learn why that is.
What are the chances of catching a Beldum?
You have a 0.4% chance of catching a Pokémon with a catch rate of 3 when it is at full health. Of course, that gets higher the lower its HP becomes. Furthermore, choosing better balls than Pokeballs will increase their catch rates.
So that applies to Beldum. Some balls you can try are Ultra Ball, Heavy Ball, Timer Ball, and Level Ball.
We don't really need to say this but using a Master Ball on a Beldum – or any Pokémon – always results in successful capture.
Why does Beldum have low catch rate?
Pseudo-legendaries have lower catch rates compared to other Pokémon. That is one reason why Beldum's catch rate is super low.
But why is it lower than all other Pseudo-legendaries and on par with most Legendaries?
That could be because of how rare Beldum was in Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, where it was introduced.
Back then, no Beldum was available in the wild. You can only get one, and that's on a Pokeball in Steven Stone's house. But that only appears after you beat the Elite 4.
So, Beldum was super rare. In later games, Beldum became available in the wild. And it seems like Game Freak wanted the Pokémon to maintain that “rare” feel, which explains the 3 catch rate.
Beldum's genderlessness supports this idea. It is the only genderless Pseudo-legendary.
For others like Gible, you only need to find two Gibles of different sexes to start breeding. On the other hand, you can't do the same with two Beldums, as they are genderless. You have to find a Ditto first.
Another fact that supports this idea is Beldum's only move before Generation 8 was Take Down. So, it takes damage every time it attacks. That said, catching a Beldum was really designed to be a challenge.
These make Beldum rarer than the others. And since it is very special, it has a really low catch rate.
Where can you find Beldum in BDSP?
Successfully catching a Beldum is an achievement in itself. And this Pokémon evolves into a Metagross, which is powerful.
So, it makes sense if you want to catch at least one in every game this Pokémon is in. Regardless of whether you want to do so for the challenge or a competitive Pokémon, it's a must-have experience.
But first, where can you find a Beldum in the latest main-series games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?
Beldum is available in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. As with the original Generation IV games, you can find Beldum on Route 228. However, there needs to be a mass outbreak for it to appear.
After obtaining the National Pokedex, you can also find Beldum in Hideaways in the Grand Underground. Those would be Rocky Caves, Big Bluff Caverns, Whiteout Caves, Icy Caves, and Glacial Caves.
Remember to bring lots of Ultra Balls, Heavy Balls, and other special Pokeball that may be helpful. Otherwise, you will be hanging around those areas for a very long time.
What Pokeball should you use to catch Beldum in BDSP?
A Pokeball's effectiveness at catching a Beldum is 0.4% at full health. Needless to say, it is not the best choice.
The ideal situation is one where your Pokémon is four times the level of the Beldum (Lvl 100 vs. Lvl 25 Beldum, for example.) Here, the most effective ball to use on both a weakened or full HP Beldum is a Level Ball.
A Nest Ball is the next best thing, but you need to find a very low-leveled Beldum to make it do wonders.
Next would be a Dusk Ball for a Beldum found in caves or encountered between 8:00 pm and 3:59 am.
Timer Balls are next on the tier list. You have to prolong the battle for this strategy to work, though. You can use a Ghost-type with a non-damaging move to ensure it.
Then, a Repeat Ball would be great if you have already caught a Beldum at least once.
If you run out of these special Pokeballs, you could rely on Ultra Balls.
If you still have your Master Ball and are not reserving it for anything, that is the best Pokeball to use.
How do you catch a Beldum in the wild?
In Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, you can't do that. On the latest main series games, Pokémon BDSP, you have to wait for a mass outbreak in Route 228. If you already have the National Pokedex, you can also find Beldum in Pokémon Hideaways in the Grand Underground.